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  • notyou
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    I miss the Eclipse!

    This thread has made me sad... I'm a long-time Ecliipse owner, and recently poked around to find a replacement. My existing bag is finally starting to show some wear, with the main zipper catching regularly now.

    I'm *totally* bummed to discover that the Eclipse is no longer made, and no current bag exists that completely resembles it. AND that it was supposed to get re-released in a new version (according to this thread), but it looks like that never happened.

    Anybody know if there's ANY chance of a new one being produced, still? If not, I might just send my existing one in for repairs, but I was hoping for an update. And/or, I might check out the Zephyr or Id, which bear the closest resemblance to my favorite bag of any that Tom Bihn now offers. But I'm skeptical that I'll like them quite as much... the Eclipse (size 4) is simply too perfect size/weight-wise, and I doubt that I'll like something larger/heavier as much.



    --Michael

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  • wicho
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    2007

    So, 2006 has come and gone and no new Eclipse in sight.

    Should we consider the Ego as the Eclipse replacement or is the redesigned Eclipse still coming out one of these eons ;-)

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  • Tolovana
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    Any word on the Eclipse? I'm really missing mine, and the person I loaned it to won't give it up, or die, so that I can pry it from their cold dead hands.

    Tolovana

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  • jehingr
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    The perfect roll-aboard strap...

    Originally posted by Tom Bihn
    I think we are mostly on the same page here. However, the quest for the perfect roll-aboard strap has been quixotic. Because roll-aboard luggage comes with many different widths of handle, we need something that would accomodate them all.
    I updated my two Empire Builders to have what I consider the "perfect roll-aboard strap."

    I simply cut a slit across the bottom of the "back" pocket and put a zipper in there. It works across all the different roll-aboards that I use. The downside is that I can't have any papers or a magazine in the back pocket while I make use of the new "piggyback" functionality. I'll gladly trade that for the increased ease of getting through the airport.

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  • Darcy
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    No news yet. I do anticipate that the redesigned Eclipse will be available in 2006, but I am clearly pretty bad at predicting exactly when

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  • Tolovana
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    Now that fall is fully in force, any word on the Eclipse?

    Tolovana

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  • wicho
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    Originally posted by Darcy
    It's hard to say, but I would expect to see it by the end of summer.
    Summer is almost over. Any news?

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  • Darcy
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    Re: Any updates?

    Originally posted by Thom
    Any update on when the new Eclipse will be available? I'm about to buy a Brain Cell to drop in my current (non-Bihn) bag, but the Eclipse sounds like it might sway me.
    It's hard to say, but I would expect to see it by the end of summer.

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  • Thom
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    Any updates?

    Any update on when the new Eclipse will be available? I'm about to buy a Brain Cell to drop in my current (non-Bihn) bag, but the Eclipse sounds like it might sway me.

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  • xenicon
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    Well, I guess whether a grommet is leaky or not depends on where it is placed on the bag. Some spots commonly wetter than others. the grommet doesn't have to be front and center.
    I like the idea of a way into a bag other than my hand.
    So, the eclipse will have something like that? OK!

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  • Tom Bihn
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    Re: mac design features

    Originally posted by xenicon
    It was a grommet about 1" wide with a rubber slitted rubber membrane across the opening. It was for the headphone wire to plug into an iPod nestled inside the bag.
    While I agree as to the utility of these soft-plastic grommets, I find them unattractive and worse yet, a compromise to the waterproofness of the bag.

    That being said, we are going to incorporate something that will do the job just as well on the next batch of the Buzz and the new version of the Eclipse.

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  • xenicon
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    mac design features

    I saw a interesting feature the other day on the train. It was a grommet about 1" wide with a rubber slitted rubber membrane across the opening. It was for the headphone wire to plug into an iPod nestled inside the bag. Much nicer than having a pocket attached to the sling. A detail but might make a bag just that extra bit useful and protective at the same time.

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  • Tolovana
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    I hope it's soon. I loaned my eclipse out with the intent to order another one, and found that I can't. Now I can't pry it out of the loanee's hands!

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  • Tom Bihn
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    We haven't forgotten about the Eclipse. We are working on increasing our production capacity and hope to release the Eclipse in early-mid 2005.

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  • moriond
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    Room for power supply or AirPort Express

    I'd like to second Siv's request for room for the power adapter,
    especially if you design something which nicely accommodates the
    shape of the Mac adapter without having to stack it. (As an example,
    the Trager Ultra-Lite Laptop pack has accessory pockets which are
    well-suited to rectangular power bricks of most laptops, but doesn't
    work as well for the Mac adapter stored with other items unless
    these are placed in a pouch inside the pocket; the vertical design
    of these pockets with the side-zippers makes it too easy for other
    items placed in the pocket with the power brick to fall out if
    unsecured.) I agree that even folks with long-life batteries will
    travel with power adapters, too.

    As a second thought, the new AirPort Express modules, which have
    similar form factor to the Mac power adapters, could also be
    accommodated, for a portable standalone wireless access point
    solution (PC and Mac) that you can carry with you to hotel rooms
    or other sites. So even the battery-only folks might want this.

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